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Windows 7 RC Downloads Cease

Gordon Kelly


Windows 7 RC Downloads Cease

If you're stuck in two minds over whether to upgrade to Windows 7 (hint: you shouldn't be, it's fab) then bear in mind today is the last day you will be able to try the OS out for free.

On 20 August Microsoft will stop all Windows 7 Release Candidate downloads. It will continue to issue trial license keys, but you'll be forced to dig around third party sites and the like to get the OS itself (watch out for viruses).

Why would you want to trial a pre-release piece platform with the final version coming on 22 October? Well, other than the try-before-you-buy opportunity, Microsoft is rather generously allowing the RC to run until 1 June so it will last 10 months. Be warned that bi-hourly shutdowns of the RC will commence from 1 March 2010, but that's still seven months to come to a decision. The available Windows 7 RC is also the Ultimate edition.

Fruthermore, word is a simple hack will also allow RC users to upgrade to the release version once it is launched - though Microsoft is urging testers to do a clean install for the best possible experience.

Both 32bit and 64bit (go for the latter, trust me) versions of Windows 7 RC can be downloaded from the link below. English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish language options are available. Downloads started today will be given a few days leeway to complete. Hurry, you can't beat free...!


Windows 7 RC Download Site


August 19, 2009, 9:55 pm

"Both 32bit and 64bit (go for the latter, trust me) versions of Windows 7 RC..."

Sorry Gordon but I don't get that bit (duh!). Are you suggesting that if I follow your recommendation to install a 64bit copy of Win7, and some of my legacy 32bit hardware then refuses to function due to non-availability of 64bit drivers, that you will kindly take care of it for me? Jolly decent of you, must say!


August 19, 2009, 10:03 pm

@RafflesNH - in short, unless your legacy hardware is incredibly old, yes. 64bit Windows 7 can handle 32bit drivers in compatibility mode so whatever works with Windows 7 (and that's 90%+ of things that worked on Vista) should be just fine. The XP Mode should handle the rest: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

64bit Windows 7 also has security and long term performance benefits as you upgrade RAM. 64bit versions of many games also offer enhancements over their 32bit editions.


August 19, 2009, 11:42 pm

I have a video capture card that doesn't have drivers that work in 64bit Windows 7. But, I was able to install 'XP Mode' and mount the USB device into the virtual machine quite successfully. It also adds an XP start menu within the 7 start menu so I could add a shortcut and launch a second (virtual) version of VLC (to capture the video) seamlessly on the W7 desktop. Very cool!


August 20, 2009, 12:33 am

Which version can I install on my Eee PC1000H?


August 20, 2009, 12:34 am

I totally agree 64-bit is the version to go for all of my hardware worked 100%.


August 20, 2009, 1:39 am

Gordon, 64 bit will come of age possibly by 2015, but until then most everyday users won't notice much difference when it comes to the 32bit v 64 bit argument, especially when it comes to games.


August 20, 2009, 2:02 am

@Gordon - I think you're confusing drivers with applications. Windows 7 x64 will need 64bit drivers, you can't use 32bit drivers.


August 20, 2009, 3:33 am

@eyepopper - Although, most users won't notice a difference, those who have bought new PCs with 4GB or more ram will want to use 64bit Windows, to make full use of their memory. That's why I upgraded to Vista x64 - I upgraded my PCs memory from 2 - 4GB, which Vista x86 only reported as (and used) 3.5GB.


August 20, 2009, 4:22 am

@eyepopper - Jay, that's way off the pace. Mac OS X has already been 64bit for some time. The transition from 32bit has been torturous. By 2015 I'd hope we'd be looking beyond 64bit!

@BlackAle - nope, they can be made to work. Just takes a bit of practice. XP Mode will be the way forward for most legacy apps.


August 20, 2009, 5:56 am

@Gordon Actually OSX isn't properly 64bit. At the moment it's just a tweak to allow more than 4GB of ram (you can hack 32bit XP to do the same thing), applications still can't use more than that. But with Snow Leopard it is going to be properly 64bit. However, even with SL, all Mac's (apart from servers) will default to 32bit mode unless you hold down "6" and "4" on the keyboard at boot.


August 20, 2009, 5:31 pm

Just to note: XP Mode is only available in the Pro Edition of Windows 7. I personally haven't bothered per-ordering that version.

@Gordon - beyond 64bit, you are joking right? 64bit (in theory) allows 16.8 Million Terabytes of memory to be addressed. You think we are going to need that much in 6 years time? lmao.

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